CSCI ratings: Most care homes in top two bands

    Two-thirds of English care homes were rated as “excellent” or “good” and 7% “poor” by the Commission for Social Care Inspection last year under its new quality ratings scheme, it has been revealed.

    The English Community Care Association has obtained the results for care homes, under a freedom of information request from CSCI, which were published by Barchester Healthcare last week.

    The provider, whose services cater for more than 10,000 ­people in 160 areas, revealed that 10% of care homes received three stars (excellent), 55% were good (two stars), 28% adequate (one star) and 7% poor (zero stars).

    Claiming to be the first provider to publish its own 2007 results, it said 20% of its care homes were excellent, 60% good, 18% adequate and 2% poor.

    The ratings will determine how often services receive a full inspection: a minimum of once every three years for three-star services, once every two years for two-star services, once a year for those on one star and twice a year for zero-star services.

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    This article appeared in the 14 February issue under the headline “Most care homes in top two ratings bands”



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